The Entrepreneur XXI Awards are an initiative of CaixaBank, promoted through DayOne, and in Portugal is organized by BPI. The objective is "to help Portuguese entrepreneurs to be more ambitious with their projects and to think big, with the Moonshot Thinking methodology", as explained in a statement by CIO of the Spanish institution ESADE and director of the training program.
Representatives of four Portuguese start-ups, Huub, Peekmed, Pro-Drone and Seacliq, were at the Silicon Valley innovation pole. There they got to know firsthand the technologies with the potential to change the “rules of the game” of different industries and access tools, developing disruptive ideas.
Participants learned about other start-ups who chose San Francisco to stay and learned the rules of the game in contact with venture capitalists. In addition, they had the opportunity to learn about success stories such as Google and the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the technology capital of the world.
National startups Nu-Rise and LOQR attended a business growth course at Cambridge University.
The activity is part of the follow-up program, which aims to give participants information to locate markets, sectors and people that may be critical to the development of their companies.
This program is aimed at companies that are already at an advanced stage and aims to be a course of transformation, inspiration and exploration. Encouraging changing mindsets that can transform their industry, thinking and learning to anticipate future threats is one of the goals.
In July the organization announced the winners of the XXI Entrepreneur Awards, the Portuguese startups Seacliq – Lota Digital and HUUB, in the Agro Tech and Commerce Tech category, respectively. Pro-Drone, south and islands, and Exogenus Therapeutics, north and center, were the winners of the territorial categories in Portugal.
The Entrepreneur XXI Awards are held in parallel in the case of territorial categories and together in the sectoral categories in Portugal and Spain. In total, 961 companies were applied, of which 300 Portuguese, which means a 100% growth compared to the previous year's edition. The 2019 edition distributed about 525 thousand euros in prizes.